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Fight Like a Catholic: Spiritual Warfare in the Catholic Tradition



October 29-31  –  St. Mary of Providence Center 

This three-day retreat will feature presenter Susan Brinkmann, OCDS, author of Fight Like a Catholic: Spiritual Warfare in the Catholic Tradition, who will offer five conferences designed to provide a comprehensive study of Satan, his characteristics, his powers, and how he uses them to tempt us to sin. Topics covered will include the tactics of Satan, the temptation to acquire power and secret knowledge, ordinary and extraordinary manifestations of demonic activity, and how to use the various weapons the Church provides us.

Father Isaac Haywiser, OSB, Spiritual Advisor for Catholic Life Institute, will be on-hand to celebrate daily Mass and Confession, Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction, as well as answer questions. Father Isaac authored the Foreword for Fight Like a Catholic: Spiritual Warfare in the Catholic Tradition.

Conference 1: What is Spiritual Warfare?

This conference focuses on the controversy over the existence of Satan both inside and outside of the Church. Why don’t people believe in Satan anymore? What are the prevailing misconceptions about evil and its personification?

Conference 2: Who is Satan?

This conference focuses on the characteristics of preternatural beings, their nature, powers, intellect, and activity, and why these qualities make Satan such a formidable enemy of mankind.

Conference 3: Ordinary Manifestations of Satan

This conference focuses on the ordinary manifestations of Satan, which involves temptation to sin and how he uses our desire for power and secret knowledge to lead us away from God.

Conference 4: Extraordinary Manifestations of Satan

This conference explains demonic oppression, bondage, obsession, infestation and possession. 

Conference 5: How to Combat Satan

Pope St. Paul VI taught that the decisive defense against Satan is grace. This conference explains the importance of the Sacramental Life, recourse to Our Lady, and the proper use of sacramentals in defeating the Enemy.


This retreat will be held at St. Mary of Providence Center located on 227 Isabella Road in Elverson, PA.  Room accommodations will be in the Dalton House. All meals will be in the Potts Mansion, and all conferences and Masses will be in the Conference Center.

Cost of the retreat is $225 which includes room (double occupancy), meals, and the book Fight Like a Catholic: Spiritual Warfare in the Catholic Tradition. A limited number of private rooms are available, first-come-first-serve, for an additional $75 charge.

A large selection of books will be available for sale throughout the retreat.

Click here for double occupancy room reservation.

Click here for single occupancy room reservation.

Click here for commuter rate. (Includes 5 conferences and meals)



Friday, October 29

3:00 PM                     Check in begins in the Dalton House

5:15-6:00 PM           Dinner

6:15 PM                      Welcome

6:30-7:15 PM           First Conference

7:30 PM                       Candlelight Mass with Evening Prayer                (Confession to follow)

Saturday, October 30

8:00-8:45 AM           Breakfast

9:15-10:15 AM           Second Conference

10:15-10:45 AM        Q&A Session

11:00 AM                       Mass with Midday Prayer

Noon – 12:45 PM      Lunch

1:15-2:15 PM              Third Conference

2:15-2:45 PM             Q&A Session

3:00 PM                        Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

3:15-4:45 PM             Confessions

5:00 PM                        Benediction

5:15-6:00 PM            Dinner

6:15-7:15 PM             Fourth Conference

7:30-8:15 PM            Q&A and Social in Dalton House

8:30 PM                     Confession

Sunday, October 31

8:00-8:45 AM           Breakfast

9:00-10:00 AM        Fifth Conference

10:30-11:30 AM        Mass with Midday Prayer

11:30 AM                      Light Lunch in Dalton House (optional)


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    PO Box 1173, Pottstown, PA 19464

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    PO Box 1173, Pottstown, PA 19464

    [email protected]


    PO Box 1173, Pottstown, PA 19464

    [email protected]



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